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Senate Votes to Retain Military Rank of National Security Adviser HR McMaster

The Senate voted 86-10 Wednesday to let H.R. McMaster keep his military status as a three-star lieutenant general with the U.S. Army while he serves as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Defense News reported Wednesday. Joe Gould writes that senators did not have to subject McMaster’s appointment to confirmation in the upper …

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Former Sen. Dan Coats Confirmed as DNI

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Sen. Dan Coats as director of national intelligence with an 85-12 vote, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Coats, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2017, will oversee 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community as DNI, Jordain Carney wrote. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) said Coats vowed to …

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Sen. Thad Cochran: 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill to Allocate $21.2B for Navy Shipbuilding

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) has said a defense appropriations bill that the House and Senate agreed upon would provide $21.2 billion for the U.S. Navy‘s shipbuilding programs, Defense News reported Friday. Christopher Diamond writes Cochran said the legislation seeks to increase ship construction funds at the Navy by $2.8 billion for fiscal 2017 and fund …

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Senate Approves 2017 NASA Authorization Bill

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved a new NASA authorization bill that would require the agency to study the feasibility of sending astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the Orion spacecraft, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. Jeff Foust writes the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 directs the space agency to submit a report that will …

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Rep. Mick Mulvaney Gets Senate Approval to Head OMB

The Senate voted 51-49 Thursday to confirm Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) as director of the Office of Management and Budget, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Jordain Carney writes Mulvaney will administer the federal budget process, lead agency performance evaluations and implement strategies and policies for the acquisition of goods and services in the government. The …

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David Shulkin Confirmed as Veterans Affairs Secretary

David Shulkin, former undersecretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been confirmed by the Senate as VA secretary through a unanimous vote, USA Today reported Monday. Donovan Slack writes Shulkin said at his confirmation hearing that he would lead VA’s reform and transformation as well as help the department increase veterans’ access to …

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Rep. Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to head the Department of Health and Human Services through a 52-47 vote, Reuters reported Friday. Susan Cornwell writes Price will have the ability to modify regulations under the 2010 Affordable Care Act in his role as HHS secretary. He authored the legislation to repeal ACA and replace it with tax credits for health …

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Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General

The Senate voted 52-47 Wednesday to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, Reuters reported Thursday. Julia Edwards Ainsley writes Sessions is the eighth of President Donald Trump’s 22 Cabinet nominees that have been confirmed. Sessions served as a Republican senator from Alabama for four terms beginning in 1997. He was a member of …

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